- I can tell you this, nobody can really talk about when any particular operation is going to end. And as (ex-)Commander-in- Chief, I know this…
Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon on Tuesday faulted President Muhammadu Buhari and the military over the claim that Boko Haram sect will be defeated before the end of December this year.
The former military President, who said the Nigerian military will do its best to meet the December deadline, however, maintained that nobody can really and confidently talk about the particular time any military operation is going to end.
However, he was quick to say that he has absolute confidence that the military will defeat the sect.
General Gowon stated this in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state capital when he led advocacy visit to Governor David Umahi on malaria and four other neglected tropical diseases.
His words; “I can tell you this, nobody can really talk about when any particular operation is going to end. And as a Commander-in- chief, I know this.
“Yes, you can say you target a particular time, but it may finish before that time or it may go slightly beyond. To end it, that is the most important thing.
“I assure you that I have absolute confidence in our military that they are going to really deal with the situation as they are doing at the moment.”
The former Head of State expressed worry that the insurgents have resorted to using underage and innocent children as suicide bombers.
“May the spirits of these poor little children who are being brainwashed to carry out such heinous crimes rest in peace”, he added.
Gowon who appreciated the successes recorded by President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration in the fight against Boko Haram noted that President Buhari’s administration since it came on board has been doing a lot to wipe out the sect.
He urged Nigerians to pray fervently, saying “prayer is an alternative and the most effective weapon to defeat Boko Haram.
“With prayers, God will touch their heart to change for better”, he added.
He stated that the era the insurgents were in control was over as the military are on the winning side just as he expressed confidence on the capability of the new Army Chief, General Brutai.